Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I love it so much, I often cook up scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and crunchy toast for dinner on Friday evenings (no judgment please)! But, there is just something extra special about hopping out of bed on a Saturday morning knowing that you have a breakfast date ahead.
The Bread Basket is a family favourite breakfast spot. We usually visit the store at Greenstone Mall, however on this occasion, Mom and I took a trip into snazzy Sandton for our breakfast get-together.
The Bread Basket
Established in 1982, The Bread Basket was one of Joburg's first bakery-delis. Offering hungry customers their first taste of exotic pastries like croissants and eclairs (yes, those were considered exotic back then). Started by culinary pioneers, Adonis and Christina Avraamides, The Bread Basket is all about fresh, preservative-free ingredients, family recipes and top quality imported products. Their Sandton outlet is one of the oldest, which is why we chose to pop by.
The Bread Basket welcomes you in with the mouthwatering scent of baked bread. Their display windows are filled with buttery croissants, colourful meringues and macaroons. You cannot help but take a look inside. The bakery section offers an array of freshly baked breads, including 100% rye, gluten-free loaves and classic ciabatta. Then comes the sweet stuff - glazed doughnuts, custard tarts and apple pies. Watch out for The Bread Basket's own wacky invention, the Croclair. A delectable cross between a croissant and eclair, it beckons from behind the counter glass!
Before temptation could set in, we took a seat in the restaurant area. With elegant lighting and clean wood accents, this is the ideal place for brekkie with friends and family. Now, Mom and I would ordinarily order The Bread Basket Breakfast, but on this occasion we decided to splurge a little. To start, I ordered a Hazelnut Gourmet Coffee - espresso, steamed milk and hazelnut syrup blended to coffee perfection. Mom opted for her usual Caffè Latte, which was accompanied by a cute little biscuit appetiser.
Salmon Scramble & Eggs Benedict Deluxe
Mulling over the breakfast menu, we had a difficult time choosing our meals. In the end it was decided that I would try the Eggs Benedict - poached eggs with basil hollandaise and crispy Parma ham, served on toasted ciabatta with a side of roasted cherry tomatoes. Mom ordered a Salmon Scramble - fluffy scrambled egg, smoked salmon trout, tomato and toast. To our surprise, both of these indulgent breakfasts were well priced and equally generous. The freshness of the ingredients only added to the value of the meals. We will definitely be back to test out the menu further. I spotted a Banana and Peanut Butter French Toast Croissant which is served with vanilla ice cream. I may leave the restaurant in a sugar coma, but I am sure it will be worth it.
Overall, this breakfast outing was well worth the trip into Sandton. In fact, they impressed us so much that we headed straight back to The Bread Basket after a morning of intense window shopping. Two roast chicken and mushroom pies in hand, we made the journey home. Seasoned with just a hint of rosemary, these roasted chicken pies are a must-try for anyone disenchanted with grubby supermarket pies. Go on, try it!
For more information
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Details: Shop BC 28, Sandton City Shopping Centre, 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg | 011 783 9053 | [email protected]